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A Time for giving: Be smart with your charity this Christmas

A Time for giving: Be smart with your charity this Christmas

Christmas, Investigations, Society, Specials
'Tis the season to be jolly; Christmas is upon us! In the wake of February's Oxfam scandal, where aid-workers were alleged to have hired prostitutes while working in Haiti, charities are under more scrutiny than ever. We are increasingly aware that charities misspend donations, so how can you be sure that your donated cash will actually be used for good? According to Cathy Pharoah, professor of Charity funding at London's Cass Business School, the amount we give to charity in the UK goes up by 5% in December. The amount individuals are donating never really budges but more of us give to charity in the build up to Christmas, probably because we become more conscious of the less fortunate as we indulge in care-free Christmas gluttony. See also: Pup-up for charity While it is a g
Tick-Tock, Christmas is around the block

Tick-Tock, Christmas is around the block

Christmas, Lifestyle
Are you already in a Christmas mood? With less than a month till New Year, people's hearts and souls are little by little fulfiling with excitement and joy. The atmosphere is magical, decorations hanging around the city, shimmering lights sparkling everywhere, and London's frosty weather is gradually embracing most people's favourite holiday. You probably don't need an Advent calendar to tell you that Christmas is coming in 24 days and New Year's Eve in 30, but why don't you pamper yourself and get one, that will send you right into a festive mood. The origin of the Advent Calendar can be traced back to the 19th century. Religious families were counting days before Christmas with drawing chalk strokes on the door or by lighting candles to count the days left till Christmas Eve. ...
What’s the streaming services gifting you this Christmas?

What’s the streaming services gifting you this Christmas?

Arts, Christmas, Entertainment, Film & TV
With tomorrow being the start of the festive month, and the first day of advent opening. We at Voice of London ask, what are the streaming services giving us this Christmas?  Everyone knows the greatest and most beloved films are played at Christmas time, whether its Shrek or the Harry Potter films, blockbuster movies are featured heavily over the festive season. However, unless you live under a rock, chances are you’ll have and mainly use a streaming service for all your television and movie needs. So while the BBC and ITV will be providing you with blockbusters to watch while you eat yourself into 2019, with less than I month till the big day, what are the streaming services giving you this Christmas? Hulu Friday the 13th (1980)- Friday the 13th Part VIII: Manhattan (1989) December
Beautiful Christmas photos of London and Where to take them

Beautiful Christmas photos of London and Where to take them

Christmas, Culture, Lifestyle, Travel
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in London. Find out how your Instagram page can too. We looked back at the English summer through photos of Cornwall beaches, now it's time to count the days until Christmas. London takes Christmas makeover very seriously. Every street, every house, everything has the scent of Christmas at least two months in advance. Needless to say, when those Christmas lights come on, the expectations are high, but London never disappoints.   The dazzling Christmas lights tradition in London began in 1954 when retail stores and businesses arranged for a display through the Regent Street Association. The aim at the time was to show that post-war London has not lost its light. The tradition has been around ever since. The new star of Doctor Who
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